Rob Ford: brother of late Toronto mayor is new Progressive Conservative leader

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Former premier Mike Harris also implored Elliott to concede defeat, telling the Star on Sunday that "it's time for everyone to put our party and our province first".

Assuming that the Russians didn't hack the PC leadership race, but are merely exercising mind control over Tory bots from afar, Ford's surprisingly strong finish is a powerful protest vote that amounts to a stunning declaration of war by the PCs against the established order - inside and outside their own party and province.

"The results are not what we had expected and it took longer to get there than what we anticipated", said Sault MPP Ross Romano, who was in Markham, the convention.

Ford said he believes the legitimacy of the race has been compromised, but he was noncommittal when asked if he would dispute the results.

Although Elliott's team did not respond to a request for comment, earlier her senior campaign team said: "We are surprised by the assertions of Mr. Ford".

Ford said he hadn't spoken to Elliott, and vowed to hold a news conference "in the coming days" but gave no specifics.

Jeffrey Radnoff said the Superior Court of Justice was scheduled to hear his application for an injunction on Friday morning, just hours before voting in the contentious race was scheduled to end.

Rob Ford died of cancer in 2016.

Romano said it will take time, but he believes Doug Ford will disenfranchise himself from his brother.

But in spite of Elliott's concession, uniting the party and making it appeal to a range of voters may prove a daunting task for Ford given his brash, often confrontational approach, which he displayed in his brief career in municipal politics and again in his leadership campaign, said Myer Siemiatycki, a political science professor at Toronto's Ryerson University.

Changing Party Policies: All four candidates have pledged to scrap a proposed carbon tax that formed a key pillar of the party's election platform under Brow.

Matthew said any leader would support massive reductions in hospitals staff, teachers and other services. "Marie during the leadership race, he struck me as really wanting to help Northern Ontario", Romano said.

Elliott, who had contested holding off the leadership convention a week to sort out longstanding membership issues, said in the statement that party members were assigned to incorrect ridings, in some cases hundreds of kilometres away.

"We had to raise this issue", he said.

Lefton said a review was underway and told the crowd to leave the hall and go home since the venue was needed for another event.

The party verified 71,402 of its approximately 190,000 members for voting, and 64,053 cast their ballots.

Background: The current leadership race began when Patrick Brown the Simcoe North MPP resigned in January following allegations of sexual misconduct from two women.

Brannan said the longer the party waits to select a new leader, the greater the danger it suffers "irreparable harm", scuttling chances for the Tories to win the June 7 election.

Keep following for continued updates in the leadership race.

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